Continuing education courses are scheduled for Integrated Pest Management

Published on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 17:15 - Written by CHAD GULLEY, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

We are constantly learning new things, no matter how old we are. Continuing Education Units, or CEUs, are required by some to maintain a license, to stay current on new technologies and practices or to help reinforce forgotten information.

Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is a pest population management system that anticipates and prevents pests from causing damage. IPM is an ecological approach to pest control. IPM uses components such as pest identification, monitoring of the pest, use of natural enemies such as biological controls, pest-resistant plants, cultural and structural changes and the judicious use of least toxic pesticides to control pests.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offers CEUs for those needing hours toward their Texas Department of Agriculture licenses for commercial, non-commercial or private applicators. An annual five-CEU Beef and Forage course is set for Nov. 17, at South Main Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 402 S. Main St., Henderson.

Parking in back on Van Buren Street; look for the signs. This annual course is a multi-county effort between Cherokee, Panola, Rusk and Smith counties. This course approval is pending with plans to provide two hours general, two hours IPM and one hour laws and regulations.

Topics include updates on new products, laws and regulations, fire ant controls in pastures, forage pests and grassy weed identification and control. Registration is due by Nov. 13 by calling 903-657-0376 for meal-planning purposes. A $30 registration fee will be charged to cover the noon meal and program expenses. Local vendors will also be on hand.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Overton Research and Extension Center will also offer CEUs in November and December. Two annual CEU courses will be offered with five CEUs on Nov. 30 and five CEUs on Dec. 5. Those needing CEUs can attend one or both of these courses and receive credits toward any Texas Department of Agriculture license as well. A $35 registration fee will include lunch and other program expenses.

Registration for the Nov. 30 program is due by Nov. 27. After that deadline, the course fee increases to $50 per person. Registration for the Dec. 5 program is Dec. 1. After the first deadline, the course fee increases to $50 per person as well. Register online at: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu or call Extension Conference Services at 979-845-2604.

Topics in the Nov. 30 program include effective weed control with weed identification, proper timing and herbicide selection, wild pig control, aquatic weed control, clover variety selection and sprayer tip selection. Onsite registration the day of the program begins at 7:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided for those in attendance. Course approval is pending for five CEUs, of which three are general, one IPM and one laws and regulations for pesticide license holders.

Topics in the Dec. 5 program include laws and regulations of pesticide use, pesticide use in vegetable production, turfgrass weed management, crape myrtle barkscale and horticulture research update. Onsite registration the day of the program begins at 7:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided. Both of these workshops will be at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 Farm-to-Market Road 3053 North, Overton, 75684. Local vendors will be on hand for both of these workshops.

CEUs are offered on a regular basis to help educate and keep interested parties up to date on new and current information pertaining to a number of related topics. Depending on your license, CEU requirements may vary as to how long you have to obtain these hours and how many you may need in a given time period.